War of 1812


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  • Impressment
  • Madison's Cabinet Meeting
  • President Madison, the Indians are attacking in the Northwest, allying themselves with Britain.
  • We need to declare war on Britain and stop this madness.
  • Battles in the Great Lakes/Canada
  • The British captured American merchants from their ships and forced them into the British army. They took over more than 1,000 ships and kidnapped thousands of Americans. This impressement messed with America's foreign trade.
  • Fort Henry and Francis Scott Key
  • The British supplied the Native Americans with guns. The Native Americans, led by Tecumseh, attacked the Northwest Territory of the United States. President James Madison tried to sign a document forcing Congress to declare war on Britain.
  • The Battle of New Orleans and Andrew Jackson
  • For 2 years, the war was fought mainly on the Great Lakes and by the navy. At the Battle of Thames, Major General William Henry Harrison claims to have killed Tecumseh, which threw the Native Americans into chaos without a leader.
  • Effects of the War of 1812
  • Huh...Well, maybe we can figure out how to make some of that stuff.
  • Sorry, we can't trade with you anymore.
  • Fort McHenry was under seige from the British. For 13 hours straight, they fired on the fort. But at the end of it, the flag was still flying high. Francis Scott Key, a prisoner on a British ship nearby, was inspired by the sight to write "The Star-Spangled Banner".
  • Andrew Jackson became a war hero at New Orleans when he killed 2,000 British soldiers while only losing 71 of his own. This battle was actually fought 2 weeks after the war was officialy over, but the soldiers in New Orleans hadn't recieved word of this yet.
  • After the War of 1812, America and Britain couldn't trade anymore. So, America had to start making it's own products that it used to buy from Britain. This began the Industrial Revolution.
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